#WATWB: Helping Children to Read

In the month of December, as a holiday challenge, most of the offices in the region in which I work donate to a charitable cause. Over the years, recipients of physical and cash donations have included local animal shelters, Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, Glory Honor flights, and food pantries. The office in which I work is small, so we tend to give a cash donation to whatever organization we agree upon. In aRead more

Chad’s Imagination

Artist Chad Brady has a huge imagination with winged murals in downtown Appleton. According to the city’s Public Art Map, there are 11 murals (along with painted traffic control boxes, sculpture and sidewalk poetry) in the downtown College Avenue area, discreetly waiting to be found. I came across a newer mural on Saturday as I hurried to the Farmer’s Market. The year before, the walls on this side street were completely bare. This year…butterflies! So many pretty butterflies! Chad has completedRead more

#WATWB: A Mobile Movement

“A new type of volunteer opportunity is coming to the Fox Cities this spring in the form of the Give Back Bus. For a small donation, the Give Back Bus will transport riders on altruistic adventures around the Fox Cities area. But there’s a twist – destinations will not be revealed until the bus arrives at its final stop. Trips are generally four hours long and there is no limit to the scope of projects planned. Volunteers could help clean up a localRead more

#WATWB: Inscribed in a Sidewalk

What has surprised me about participating in We are the World Blogfest is that I have learned much about my own community – from the Cycling Without Age program at Brewster Village to the Fox Valley Memory Project to the work that Habitat for Humanity does in the Appleton area. This has been an eye-opening experience in how I have not paid attention to the events and organizations that are doing good things for people in the Fox Valley community.Read more

#WATWB: The Cycles of Love

Those who know me know that I love my bicycle. They know I ride as much as possible in the summer, as it is a passion on two wheels. While attempting to find a positive story for this month’s “We Are the World Blogfest,” I found two local, cycling-related projects that I hope will bring as big a smile to your face as they did mine. Riverview Gardens – Earn a Bike Riverview Gardens is a non-profit organization in Appleton,Read more

In Harmony

The “We are the World” Blogfest kicks off today with a plethora of worldwide posts. This blogfest’s goal is to spread the message of light, hope and love in today’s world. We are challenging all participants to share the positive side of humanity. This month’s co-hosts, Damyanti Biswas, Belinda Witzenhausen, Simon Falk, Sylvia McGrath and Ashlynn Waterstone welcome participants and encourage all to join in during future months. #WATWB is a blog hop on the last Friday of every month. Click HERERead more

TRAIN!!!

TRAIN!!! That’s what a co-worker and I text to each other when the railroad crossing nearest to the office has its gates down, the red lights are flashing and there is a multi-car train passing through. It’s happened several times to both of us, on occasion making us late for an appointment or when returning to work from lunch. Sadly, when I took this photo, I missed the TRAIN!!! by two minutes. I wanted you to get the true feelRead more

Creepy: The Storm

It cracked louder than a dud at the Fourth of July fireworks. I jumped. Earlier this afternoon, I was 30 miles to the south, visiting mom. A weather alert came over the radio as I pulled into the gas station. Bad storm. Headed southeast. Sixty-five mile an hour winds. I could see the blackness of the clouds to the north in exactly the direction I was headed. Sh*t. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous driving home. Weather likeRead more